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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ ♪ >> hello, welcome to the news hour. i'm jane dutton in doha. top stories from around the world. a series of explosions rock cairo university. the blast happened as students forced running battles with security forces. at least six police officers are killed by a suicide bomber in afghanistan. a massive earthquake off of chile's coast, tsunami warnings are lifted after thousands are ordered to evacuate. i'll have all of the sports
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including barcelona banned. suspended from bying any new players for 14 months. i'll explain why later in the program. ♪ three explosions have rocked the egyptian capitol cairo. the blast occurred near police check points outside of cairo university. one senior officer was killed and at least five others were injured. here is the latest. [ explosion ] >> reporter: the scene just after a third explosion outside of cairo university. a bomb appears to have been planted at the top of a tree another the main gate. the campus near a police check point. [ explosion ] >> reporter: two earlier explosions at the same area caused panic.
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police core -- core donned off the streets. the protests have been ongoing on university campuses with students opposed to the military leadership. the explosive devices described as crude killed at least one policeman according to local authorities. no one has claimed responsibility. but in the past the interim military government has pointed the finger of blame at the banned member group. care line malone, al jazeera. and earlier we received this update. >> interior ministry issued a statement confirming that high-rank officer already killed and severalors injured in the explosion this day. the explosions in the area between the
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engineering -- [ inaudible ] of engineering, and the cairo university, this scare which called [ inaudible ] square. >> al jazeera is demanding the immediate release of three of its journalists who now have been in pt -- prison for 45 days. they are false accused of providing forums to the muslim brotherhood. and this man has been detained since august and has been on hunger strike since january. at least six police officers have been killed by a suicide bomber outside of the interior ministry in afghanistan. the taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. afghanistan is on high alert ahead of saturday's presidential election. bernard smith is kaboul.
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how did this happen, bernard? >> this was at supposedly one of the most well defending buildings right in the center of kaboul. we're told a suicide bomber joined a queue of police officers in a place where you go to get patted down before you get into the building, that's where this attacker blew himself up. kaboul is very quiet at the moment. a lot of the ministries have closed down as a security precaution ahead of the election and there is an awful lot more check points in the city, and yet the suicide bomber was still able to get through. this happened on the last day of official campaigning ahead of saturday's vote. and during the campaign three front runners have emerged, and i went out on tuesday with one of those front runners. he was the man who was the runner up in 2009 and that was a
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very controversial election. he is determined to make sure it doesn't happen this time. >> reporter: it was chaotic, crowded, and almost out of control, but that seems to be just how this man likes it. tens of thousands of people turned out to see him rally support in his second attempt to win the presidency. now the size of this crowd isn't necessarily a reflection of the support for the doctor, but what it does show is the enthusiasm in the election process in afghanistan. he has criss crossed the country on his mission to right a wrong he and many afghans felt was committed in 2009 when he lost the election to hamid karzai. >> this time around the citizens will monitor their elections much better.
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the voters are much more aware of their rights. it's much better conscious decision than it used to be, and they -- they are asking about the outcome. >> reporter: he needs to get more than 50% of the vote to win outright. to help his chances, he has chosen two running mates he once fought during the civil war, the parties they belong to ended up destroying kaboul. without an out and out winner the election goes to a runoff. here abbula has a warning. >> if it goes to [ inaudible ] it is on the boots of the people, we are prepared to go [ inaudible ]. if it goes to a runoff then that will become difficult. that will create a very uncertain situation, and i hope that's not the case.
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>> reporter: ethnicity matters in afghanistan. but his rallies do seem to have drawn a cross section of ethnicities. he'll have to draw brood-based support if he is to have a chance. >> any idea at this stage who the favorite is? >> well, the doctor and the two other front runners, polling is very difficult here in afghanistan. it's a very inexact science. it has been very difficult to tell who is going to reach out ahead, and take the -- the election victory. i mean everybody seems to believe that nobody is going to win outright. nobody is going to get 50% or more than 50% rather of the votes. so the conventional wisdom seems to be it will end up going to a second round, and that won't be held until at the very earliest
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the end of may. >> all right. bernard smith reporting there on yet another day of violence. [ inaudible ] has stepped up its security amid fears of worsening unrest by the sol mallian armed group al-shabab. six people killed on monday after gunmen opened fire in a church. the kenyan government says it is cracking down on refugees for security republicans. it's a ordered all of them from the cities and back into the camps as part of that operation more than 650 have been arrested in the past week. and now there are fears of protests after prom next muslim cleric was shot dead on tuesday. he has known links to al-shabab and was a vocal supporter of
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osama bin laden. >> reporter: this man had said he knew he would be killed. to the u.s. and un he was a menace, linked to the somali armed group, al shabab. he called last year's attack on the west gate mall justified. 67 people died in that attack. last week the government ordered all refugees living in urban areas back to refugee camps. millions of somalis live in kenyan many caught between fights between their home country and the kenyan government. on monday three blasts in a neighborhood popular with som i somalis killed six people. when kenya sent troops into somali in 2011, the backlash began. it is a cycle that continues to play out in the kenyan capitol.
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the killing of vocal muslim clerics who support al-shabab is also becoming a common practice. most in kenya will recognize this attack as the latest move in an escalating conflict that refuses to recognize borders. jane ferguson, al jazeera. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry has canceled a planned trip to the middle east to immediate on-going talks after the palestinian president signed treaties pushing for international recognition. people in bethlehem welcomed the move. israel and the united states wanted to delay the signing until after talks happened. he said he made the decision after israel failed to carry out the release of palestinian prisoners. so what are they hoping to achieve, steph? >> people will tell you here in
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the occupied west bank that it was a political move, a card that the president played to give a message to the u.s. and israel that they won't be dictated to exactly as you just said. there was a promise that should have happened last saturday. that didn't happen, and the president said enough is enough. if we can't have a proper partner for peace, we're going to make international decisions, but the president did make it clear that the only way to achieve peace was through talks. this is also what we heard from the secretary of state john kerry who said we can't make a decision right now. we have a team on the ground speaking to both sides, and we haven't heard anything from the israelis today. they have kept very quiet. the feeling is that these talks will go on. i spoke to a member of the committee who said there will be more talks about talks to try to establish how these talks will go forward.
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so i think in context, a lot of difficult to get these talks to happen and go forward. none of the main issues have been addressed. and that is things that they call the final agreement, the border, right of return, so it goes to show how complicated this entire process is and will be. >> complicated and neither side seems to want to show the u.s. that they are not willing to carry on talking. >> that's right. and this is what secretary of state kerry said yesterday, he said at some point there is only so much the u.s. can do as a immediater. both sides need to be willing to work together to achieve that. it depends on who you are. the palestinians will tell you that israel, certainly this government does want peace. they want to maintain the status quo. and thinking the talks aren't going to end anything.
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so this is the frustration here. people will tell you while these talks have been going on here, activity here has doubled, home demolitions have doubled. so people don't think there is a genuine will from israel and they don't think the u.s. has much leverage. that is the feeling from people on the streets. >> stephanie decker reporting. coming up in the al jazeera news hour. violence in venezuela. plus . . . i'm in oklahoma, and i'm explain why this is known as the most toxic place in the us. and in sport, manchester united battle in a draw against the european champion munich. ♪
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russia has accused nato of using language that is reminiscent of the cold war that comes after nato foreign ministers have sus peckeded all military cooperation with russia. the secretary general said russia's actions pose the gravest threat for a generation. nato has called the situation on the border incredibly concerning. neve barker is live for us in brussels. what has nato said about maintaining ukraine's sovereignty? >> well, first and foremost, let me remind you of some of the clear-cut warnings that have been made by nato's top military commander to europe. he said that russia had between 30 to 40,000 troops still on the borders of eastern ukraine, and that as quickly as a period of
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three to five days the russians could take control. the situation is very worrying indeed, and it does mean that nato needs to think of how to bolster its potential defenses in the east of the continent. >> if russia were to intervene further in ukraine, i wouldn't hesitate it -- hesitate to call it an historic mistake. that would lead to further isolation international isolation of russia. well, on april 15th, nato's military chiefs will return here to headquarters and present a series of options that are open to the alliance on how to
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bolster forces and armoury in land, sea, and sky, the message that nato wants to second that they are poised and ready to defending against any aggression. russia has pretty much disus missed these plans. describing them as being something akin to an april's fool joke. but the proof is in the pudding, so the expression goes, and nato are waiting to see whether any of these plans will result in deescalation on russia's side. while russia's actions in crimea have been condemned by the u.s. and european union, they appear to have drawn approval from some far right groups. lawrence lee has more. >> reporter: people often talk about the new european nationalism as having echos of
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the 1930s. and at this church it isn't hidden. hug garies leader who allied himself to the germans in world war ii. the young men in the black at the far right, yet they said it is simply a sanctuary for hungarians under attack. >> translator: god created us hungarian, and our congregation is made up of people who look after others. >> reporter: evidently they see vladimir putin in much the same way. >> we have an interest in seeing a growing russia that -- that has in a very interesting way defended its own interests, and which has basically created some -- some counter weight to -- to the west. >> reporter: they denial gagss
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that they are being funded by moscow, but they do admit to having a relationship. so it appears that they genuinely said something to hard line hungarian nationalists, and you might find that odd, because you would expect the russia would be accused of being fascist sympathizers, and they both have outright hostility for the european union. in recent days hard liners like this these people have said they too support russia over crimea. so the ukraine crisis has caused a new phenomenon, a joint enterprise of russian and european hard line nationally. . >> they want to destruct so if it's possible to make weaker the european union.
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and the hungarian partner which want to get out from the european union. they say for hungary it's a tragedy. >> translator: he isn't brave enough to say the word jew, instead they say globalization, new york, but it all means jew. >> reporter: of course they deny it, but it appears that they are happy to sow discontent within europe. the chilean government has lifted a tsunami warning following a powerful earthquake. the quake struck off of the coast close to the border with
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peru. nearly 1 million people living along the pacific coast were evacuated. our latin america editor joins us now. what are you hearing about the earthquake and the impact that it has had? >> hello, jane. right now the president of chilly is touring the hardest-struck areas near the epicenter. people are just beginning after spending a long and freezing night outdoors they are beginning to return home. many peoples nerves are rattled especially because of the after shocks in the earthquake zone. some of them have been very strong, as high as more than 6 impact on the rickter scale, but power and water services are being restored quite substant l
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substantially in fact. right now the government is still trying to assess the extent of the damage. that is something we still don't know about. but all in all the death toll has been remarkably low for this kind of an earthquake. it was after all massive. more than 8.2 jane. >> how sophisticated is the rescue operation? how prepared is the country for this kind of thing? >> well, that is a very interesting question, particularly right now. you may remember that the president was just leaving office. she was just three weeks short of leaving office when that huge earthquake struck one of the strongest ever measured in the world back four years ago, and the government was not well prepared. in fact the president didn't even have a cell phone -- not -- a working cell phone. so she was very, very strongly
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criticized. the fact that she didn't bring out the army to prevent massive looting in southern chilly. the fact that the tsunami warning was called off, and so many people died. this time she has left no stone unturned. it was one of her main priorities when she took office less than three weeks ago. they evacuated people throughout the whole country and even in antarctica where there is a chilean base. so they are going out of the way to make sure they don't make the same mistakes. >> okay. thank you. there has been violence in venezuela. protesters rallied in support of an opposition congress women who has been expelled from office. security forces fired tear gas into the crowds.
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here is the report. >> reporter: the center of caracas, as hundreds of police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. many of the demonstrators were students. they protected themselves building barricades, and then attacked police for several hours, just the latest episode in a series of antti government protests that began in february. >> translator: the national guard should be defending the people and it's not doing that. it is defending a corrupt government that is destroying this country. >> reporter: many protesters were detained. clearly what little rest there was in venezuela it is now over. police started firing tear gas at protesters. people have gathered at a nearby plaza to support [ inaudible ] wrapped in a venezuelian flag,
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she told the crowd of her determination to reclaim her seat in congress. the venezuelian authorities insist that she violated the constitution by attending the organization of american states. she says she will be not be silenced. >> translator: the most important ideal in history in the life of any hue ban being is dignity, sovereignty and liberty, and that is our call. >> reporter: her supporters say they want a change in the government and call her brave. >> translator: we are here to defending venezuela. it's our life, our motherland, and we will not let it die. >> reporter:est courted by politicians, student representatives and union leaders, she tried to reach the national assembly, but police
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blocked her way, app government supporters demanded that she leave. >> translator: we're defending the revolution from a fascist traitor who sells out the country. >> reporter: her fight is not over. she will use a constitutional appeal to try to get her seat back. inside the national assembly, government legislatures prevented independent congressmen from discussing her return to parliament. instead, people were dancing. ♪ >> reporter: while outside in the center of car rack cuss, protesters clashed for hours. and there's no sign that they will stop. anger on the streets, anger by the skies in peru. i believe there's flooding there? >> yes, there has been an awful lot of let weather for quite a while now. we can see how much rain there
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has been just over the past 12 hours. this ads to what is already on the ground. and these areas of cloud are certainly giving us ferocious thunder storms at the moment. the rivers burst their banks. inundated many of the homes here. thousands of people have been evacuated, and it looks like things there are going to get worse if anything, because we are certainly going to see more in the way of rain. this is the river that has burst its banks. it doesn't actually go towards the shortest distance towards the sea. but of course we have the huge mountain range in the way, so actually it's one of the very many tributaries that we have got to the amazon. all of that is very interesting, but we want to know how much rain we can expect in the next few months. and you can see that may actually is the wettest month of the year. so if anything it looks like
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we'll see far more in the month of may. on the short-term it looks like things may improve a little bit for us. friday things turn wetter once more. >> thank you, steph. the mexican government has apologized to 19 women who very forced to give birth in the street. the health minister blamed a lack of doctors. but the women say it is because they came from an indigenous group. >> reporter: a desperate moment for nancy. her baby is coming, but she is having to give birth in the street, not because medical facilities are too far. the general hospital here is just a few meters away. instead the facilities there are so poor, the staff have been reduced to this. delivering newborns in the street with no protection from possible infection.
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two months later, mother and baby are doing well. but if nancy's memories of her ordeal have faded, her anger has not. >> translator: it was awful because i was denied attention at the hospital, that's why my daughter had to be born in the street. it still hurts to remember it because i lived through it, and it was really awful. >> reporter: nancy's situation is not unique. 18 other women from the state have been forced to give birth in similar circumstances in the last six months. women like this. >> translator: i had my baby in the grass because i felt horrible pain. when i arrived outside the house where the clinic is, i rested there because my water broke. >> reporter: activists say this events a systemic abuse of
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indigenous women. >> translator: we have documented another 18 cases of obstetric violence in the last six months. this demonstrates that these are not isolated cases. >> reporter: the mexican government has said sorry to the women concerned. >> translator: the mexican state apologizes for not having enough doctors, because the infrastructure is very old. the women are not attended to properly. >> reporter: which means the experiences of women like these may keep happening. dominic kaine, al jazeera. and still ahead on al jazeera, factories shut down to bangladeshy garment workers who have been forced out of a job because of unsafe buildings. >> we're not where we want to be, because we would like to be ahead if possible, but the
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experts are telling me that we were never so close. >> the most powerful man in olympic sport tells al jazeera it's the drug cheats who are now on the run. ♪
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♪ you are watching al jazeera, a reminder of the top stories. three explosions have rocked cairo university killing at least one member of the security forces and injuring several others. no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks which killed their police
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brigadier general. at least six police officers have been killed in the afghan capitol. security forces are on high alert eye head of the presidential election. nato warns russia of major consequences if it violates ukraine's sovereignty. it comes on the second day of the meeting in brussels. let's get more on the blasts in egypt. al jazeera has been banned from reporting in the country, so i'm joined in the studio by the head of al jazeera's cairo bureau. three blasts, quick succession, all in the same area. who do you think is capable of doing that? >> this is actually -- nobody can answer this question because all parties in egypt climbed others. you know, the government and the islamic parties, both of them, are, you know, accused by these
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explosi explosions, but there is a widespread of horror, terrible, and panic in different areas outside that area of the explosions. right now -- >> petrified. >> yeah, the government right now have cut communication in the area of the explosion because they are believing that maybe blasted by mobile. now they are evacuation making evacuations in many educational institutions, universities. they had one university, [ inaudible ] university, [ inaudible ] university, and the cairo university, even in the [ inaudible ] nearby to the university, the egyptian zoo, they have now evacuated also. they are surrounded by army
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tanks, police tanks also, many strategic organizationings such as [ inaudible ] in [ inaudible ]. the main train station especially around [ inaudible ] station, also searching for bombs that may be in other university using the -- you know, the -- so -- >> do you think this is a precursor of more to come ahead of the elections? >> of course this is related to many factors actually. related to the protesters and demonstrations in universities, related all to the presidential elections. up until now the actions more so in egypt promorsi and morsi even has condemned the explosions
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[ inaudible ]. the pro-morsi council also alliance also condemned the explosions, as such as the government before maybe a few minutes prime minister also condemned the explosions, and we have a meeting maybe after half an hour with the three ministers, defense, interior, and the justice, and with the leaders of army intelligence, public intelligence, and national securities to discuss the situation. that explosion -- that development has come, you know, one day only before the demonstrations expected next friday that alliance already announcing about it. so very complicated political situation, but no political solution, only police pollution, which increase the problem.
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>> we're going to have to leave it there. thank you very much for talking us through that. >> thank you. a garment factory in bangladesh has been forced to close after a team of inspectors declared it unsafe. as reported, the factory workers say the closures are affecting them badly. >> reporter: this woman and her husband started working at the same -- garment factory over ten years ago. then they worked in a shack. last week the factory was declared unsafe and both lost their jobs. >> translator: my daughter is never well. she always needs medication and treatment. even if we don't eat, she needs
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to eat. now that we don't have work, i don't know how we're going to care for her. >> reporter: this is where she and her husband worked. safety inspectors found several flaws here and ordered that the problems be fixed. the other companies in the building have suspended their operations while repairs are made. the manager here says it cease a big blow for everyone involved. >> translator: it's a problem for the owner for us and for the workers of course. now that we're closed it is hurting our business, and that's not good for our workers. >> reporter: but the inspections are taking place for a reason unsafe businesses like this one have been the cause of some of the worst d&as -- disasters in bangladesh. >> we have inspected 100 factories now, and we found a few cases where there had to
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have been significant weight reduction. this is the only one thus far that has involved a part of the work force not being able to work because all production has to cease on a certain number of floors. >> reporter: rob says the inspection agreement requires factory owners to continue paying affected workers while renovations take place. but she has no idea if that will happen for her. what has happened to this family show that renovation of the garment industry is not going to be easy. the ceo of general motors says the company will apologize to people who have died as the result of a defect in its cars. the problems date back more than ten years, but the ceo says she didn't know anything about them until early this year. >> more than a decade ago, gm embarked on a small-car program. sitting here today, i cannot
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tell you why it took so long for a safety defect to be announced for this program. but i can tell you we will find out. this is an extraordinary situation. it involves vehicles we no longer make. but it came to light on my watch. as soon as we ukd -- the senior leadership underthis issue, and that a recall decision had been made, we acted without hesitation. a native american tribe is hoping to set a precedent that may have implications for indigenous people across the west. they want land returned that was seized for mining. >> reporter: from the highway they seem like any other hills, some resemble monumental natural wonders. these are enormous mounds consisting of millions of tons
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of toxic dust, willfully dumped by mining companies by order of the u.s. government on native american land. the billets of two world wars came from this area. now even the water runs orange here. >> the high led and cad knee um content, and high zinc content, are in the water. >> reporter: the site was earmarked for renovation in 1993. this is [ inaudible ] territory. in the late 19th century mineral deposits were found debeneath their homes. the tribe is being allowed to
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reclaim some of its property. its leadership feels only it can be trusted to decontamination the area. they have grown rich from their casino growth, and with wealth comes political influence in washington. >> it gives us funding and more economic power now in the region. >> reporter: the government has allowed the tribe to clear the waste sites in an area once leased to a catholic school. however, the church decided to lease the land to the mining companies, and when mining ceased, the church returned the land. >> the tribe only gets the land after it has been polluted. >> yeah, that seems to be the pattern. >> reporter: the project is ahead of schedule. now they hope to lobby the government to declare the entire area, and take full ownership of
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what the government has promised would be a sovereign nation. >> it's a worldwide problem that indigenous people are always left out of the decision-making process when it comes to exploitation of their natural resources. >> reporter: but evening granted the land stewardship they know this land will not return to what it was for years to come. and soon to come, [ inaudible ] and chelsea we look ahead to their champions league quarter finals. ♪ >> everyday, someone leaves their home, searching for a better life. >> two hours in, you come up on a body.
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the football world cup will kick off in brazil in june, but another less-well-known tournament has already taken place there. former homeless children are taking to the pitch. >> reporter: football is underway in rio, and aragain teeia bottles tanzania. teams from 19 countries are taking part, organized by a british charity. these children are growing up in poverty and have spent time living on the streets. now they have been reunited with parents and are attending school. earlier the boys and girls visited rio's famous stadium, where that other world cup final will be held. this boy is from pakistan.
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>> translator: now i'm playing a role as an ambassador for all children who are just like me. >> reporter: he was eager for the first match against india. this is a striker for the south african girl's team. >> i was nervous, but now i'm okay. [ laughter ] >> reporter: pretty is pretty sure her team will do well. >> i'm going to kick their ass. [ laughter ] >> reporter: the competition is intense, but so are the friendships. for the kids this tournament is an adventure, but i don't thinked the fun and games, there's a serious purpose here, to draw attention to an often neglected global problem. >> these children will go back and continue to work on the issue, raising awareness and
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understanding of what these children go through, and lobbying governments and society to do more for street children. >> reporter: after the opening round of matches. the pa rooufian boys did their victory dance. pakistan beat indian 13-0. >> now to football for the big boys. >> one of the big boys that are in big trouble is the news that barcelona has been banned from buying or selling players for the next six months. it covers the next two transfer windows. that these august and next january in 2015. it is expected the club will appeal. >> this is no doubt things are going wrong for barcelona and
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this is fifa getting tough on what they see as protection of minors. fifa had been looking into this for a while and have decided to make barcelona a case they really get tough on. this is going to really hurt barcelona. we're talking about two summer transfer windows. this is effectively a year when barcelona can't bring any players in. domestically they have real madrid, and athletico madrid to deal with, barcelona appear to be on potentially a slide. and that's not the only they have got, this problem with breaking the rules over the transfers, and we have the [ inaudible ] transfer. where the president resigned recently. and the european union looking
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into spanish clubs. they have a lot of problems and this is one of the biggest. on the pitch barcelona drew 1-1 at home in the quarter final. a great strike from diego gave athletico a shot lead after an hour, but with 20 minutes to go, the brazilian striker scored what could be a vital goal. >> translator: i think the qualifier is still very balanced. obviously we are a bit behind after what happened tonight. but hard work leaves me calm. we know if we can maintain that, we will have a lot more chances to qualify. says his side has proven they can go toe to toe to mun h munich. but bastian got an away goal,
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but he won't be able to play in the return league in munich. >> i think hopefully today it shows that, you know, we'll be there or we'll go toe to toe with them. it's a tough tie, but we all believe we hll believe we have a great chance in the competition, we really do. and we'll need to show our best football when we go there next week. >> we're reacting good after our -- our one down, and okay, we are there, so it's not an exceptional result, but it's enough considering how good is manchester united and [ inaudible ]. >> the focus now moves to wednesday's quarter finals. in paris psg hosts chelsea lead
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by the retiring bra heem vich. he faces his former boss moreno. he won the champions league but never with chelsea. they are well aware of the threat posed by psg. >> maybe paris doesn't have the same level of experience as chelsea, but you go player by player and the picture is not like that, because tiago and alex and [ inaudible ] all of them, they have big experience in the -- in the competition. >> it will be very exciting because i think it's the first time in the quarter finals where you have the eight teams that is very strong, and of course you have the favorite, and some of them underdogs, but i any all day it is strong, but i think the chelsea in our game, i think
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chelsea is the super favorite, absolutely. >> wednesday's other game is a repeat of last season's semifinal. on that occasion it was the german side that prevails 4-3 on aggregate. robert scored all four of those goals, but is suspended for the first leg in madrid. now golf and tiger woods has always spoken of his ambition of the record to beat jack nicklas. he is currently on 14 but won't get a chance to add to those because he has pulled out of the season's first major. the first time winner is recovering from back surgery for a pinched nerve that had been bothering him for several months. he hasn't -- with injuries catching up with the 38 year old, the odds of breaking the record are less likely. now the most powerful man in
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olympic sport has told al jazeera he has no regrets about taking the winter games to russia. the antti gay laws attracted global criticism but the president believes the olympic example of non-discrimination could have a lasting impact on russian society. he has been talking to our sports correspondent. >> reporter: thomas has been afforded to gradual emergence into his role. within weeks of his election, the 60-year-old german was overseeing vladimir putin's olympics. several world leaders shunned the games. the olympic charter is officially against discrimination of any kind. could you only choose to take the olympics to countries which
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agree with the olympic charter? >> maybe this message of non-discrimination of tolerance of understanding of respecting the rules may be this kind of message is even more important in -- in countries where this does not go without -- without saying. this is a very positive message to the society in russia and to the worldwide community. >> reporter: back was speaking during a visit to doha. doha has always failed in two bids to land the liolympics, bu has vowed to keep trying. homosexuality is illegal in this coup try. will that count against qatars efforts to host the olympics. >> again, the responsibility is to ensure the application of the olympic charter in the olympic games. this is what we are standing
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for. we are not a super national -- the -- the government. >> reporter: the fight against doping is one he will take on directly. he says it's the cheats who are now on the run. >> with regard to some substances or some methods we're not where we definitely want to be, because we would like to be ahead if possible. but the experts are telling me that we were never so close. >> he is at the start of an eight-year term. still assessing the powers and limitations of olympic sports biggest job. to the nba where the brak listen nets have clenched a playoff place after a win over the houston rockets. they also set a new franchise record, their 14th straight win at home. joe johnson was one of six players to reach double figures for the nets and lead the team with 32 points and they are now
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just 1.5 games behind the divisional leaders, the raptors. for more go to our website, check out aljazeera.com/sport. details on how to get in touch with our team and blogs and clips from our correspondent around the world. my producer was telling me to keep an eye on those pictures -- >> and you did. thanks for that. there is renewed debate in the u.s. about how to protect severely autistic children who need constant supervision. one idea is for the government to pay for gps tracking devices. >> reporter: these are the last-known images of a 14-year-old alive. he was captured on closed circuit television, walking out of his school on the 4th of october. authorities launched a huge
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search. >> hi, it's mom. >> reporter: three months later the remains of his body were found in a river. >> everyone in a community is worried about what happens to a child who wouldn't know how to get to their family or tell anybody who they are, and what they are looking for. >> reporter: around 50% of children with autism wander off, 90% of subsequent deaths are from drowning. now there is a proposed program that would pay for gps devices. >> making these devices available will help put parents at ease, and save precious lives. >> tell me what you want to have. >> reporter: this man has soul custody his autistic son alex. recently alex has appeared for several hours on the care of -- >> he comes walking into a building with eight police officers and this little older woman who lives down the street
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in like a town house. and apparently alex had been walking towards 2nd avenue, and she found him, but didn't know where she lived. afterwards ken attached tags to alex's shoe his name and a phone number to call. he says a tracking devise could be difficult, because many autistic children don't like anything touching their skin or clothes. >> alex will just take it right off, because a lot of kids -- not just specific to him -- but a lot of kids don't like tags on their shirts. >> reporter: happy endings can also come down to sheer luck and the kindness of strangers. kat turner, al jazeera, new york. we have another bulletin coming up in the next couple of minutes or so. but in the meantime if you want to find out anymore about what you see, please visit our website. i'll see you then.
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welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters in new york with a look at today's top stories. there have been several ex-motions outside of cairo university in egypt. back-to-back blasts killed a police chief. and then there was a third explosion nearby. several people have been wounded. an earthquake measuring 8.2 on the rickter scale off of the coast of chile. thousands of people who live along the coast were ordered to evacuate when tsunami orders were

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